Events & Workshops

SPRING 2014 CELT EVENTS

CELT Workshop:  Behavior Management and Students on the Autism Spectrum: Classroom, Office, and Campus Strategies

WCSU AccessAbility Services and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host a discussion regarding "Behavior Management and Students on the Autism Spectrum: Classroom, Office, and Campus Strategies" on Wednesday, Janurary 29th, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Students on the autism spectrum are attending our campus in increasing numbers. Students with autism add diversity and richness to our university and also bring some challenges to the classrooms and residence halls. University of Connecticut School of Law Director of Student Services Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown will discuss these issues and provide strategies to manage behavior and decrease classroom and residence hall disruptions. The workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call (203) 837-8869.

CELT Workshop: Fostering Critical Thinking Skills Via Online Discussions: Developing Questions and Managing Conversations

The WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host a workshop by Maya Aloni, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, who will discuss "Fostering Critical Thinking Skills Via Online Discussions: Developing Questions and Managing Conversations," on Thursday, February 27th, at 2 pm in Haas Library 508 on the university's midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Come discover how to get the most out of online conversations! During this interactive session, participants will be engaged in dynamic exercises related to developing effective discussion prompts and managing online conversations. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff. For more information, or call (203) 837-8869.

CELT Teaching Workshop:  The Right Way to Write Learning Goals and Objectives

The WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host a workshop by Ruth Gyure, Ph.D., Department of Biology and Environmental Science, who will demonstrate how to write learning goals and objectives, on Monday, March 3, 1-2 pm, Haas Library 508 on the university's midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.  This is a hands-on workshop during which faculty will create learning objectives pertaining to their courses.  The discussion is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff.  Please RSVP to barrettd@wcsu.edu.  For more information, call (203) 837-8869.

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FALL 2013 CELT EVENTS

CELT Teaching Workshop:  Using a SMART Board & SuperSite Technology in an Introductory Language Classroom

On Tuesday, August 27, 1-2 pm, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting Galina Bakhtiarova, Ph.D., Department of World Languages and Literature, who will demonstrate how she used a Smart Board and a learning management system, SuperSite, in her language classroom.  The session will be in Berkshire 101 and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Workshop: Creating Rubrics to Grade and Guide Writing Assignments

On Thursday, September 26, 4-5 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting Kelli Custer, Ph.D., Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process, who will help faculty develop rubrics that can help guide and grade writing assignments.  The workshop will be in Student Center 226, Midtown campus, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869. ___

CELT Teaching Workshop:  What Faculty Should Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On Thursday, October 10, 2-3 pm, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is sponsoring a workshop by Elisabeth Werling, Coordinator of Western’s AccessAbility Services.  She will speak about the accommodation process for students covered by the ADA, including what responsibilities faculty and student have.  The session will be in Haas 508 and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Panel Discussion:  The Veteran Experience at WCSU; Transitioning from Soldier to Student

On Thursday, October 17th, 1:30-2:30 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a panel discussion led by Sharon Young, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Department of Social Work.  The panel will be composed of 3 student veterans who will speak about their transition from full-time soldiers to Western students:  Joshua Rodriguez, Mario Oliveria and Edwin Zorilla.  The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Workshop:  Using Clickers to Enhance Student Engagement and Give Exams *****NOTE TIME CHANGED TO 2 PM*****

On Thursday, October 24, 2-3 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop by Patrice Boily, Ph.D., Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.  Dr. Boily will share how he uses handheld clickers in the classroom.  The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Discussion:  Don’t Text in Class!  Brown Bag Discussion about Dealing with Student Technology During Class

On Wednesday, October 30, 12-1 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) hosting an open conversation led by Daniel Barrett, Ph.D., Department of Psychology.  Dr. Barrett will lead a discussion of how faculty manage student use of technology (laptops, tablets, phones) during class.  The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Workshop:  Faculty-led Blackboard Tips & Tricks

On Tuesday, November 12, 3-4 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop by Emily Stevens, Ph.D., Health Promotion & Exercise Science, & Shane Murphy, Ph.D., Department of Psychology.  Drs. Stevens and Murphy will demonstrate a variety of Blackboard functions and answer questions about using Blackboard to enhance learning.  The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Workshop:  Developing Learning Outcomes: Strategies for Successful Course and Program Evaluations

On Monday, November 18, 1-2 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop by Marcia Delcourt, Ph.D., Department of Education and Education Psychology.  Dr. Delcourt will discuss how faculty can develop clear learning outcomes and how these can improve teaching and learning.  The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, call x78869.
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CELT Teaching Discussion: Quick CATs! Classroom Assessment Tools for Immediate Feedback on Your Teaching

On December 5, 2013, 3-4 pm, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop on classroom assessment tools led by Jess House, Ph.D., School of Professional Studies.  Dr. House will present an overview of classroom assessment and lead a discussion of concepts, methods, and tools that faculty can use to improve the teaching and learning in their classrooms through feedback gathered with classroom assessment tools. The workshop will be in Haas 508, and is free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, and students. For more information, call x78869.

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CELT sponsors a number of teaching- and learning-related events and workshops.  Some are regularly scheduled and others are available on demand.  We can arrange meetings to discuss almost any topic related to teaching.  From time to time we’ll invite speakers from off campus to give a presentation and/or run a workshop.  Discussions and workshops can also be led by WCSU faculty and staff.

Previous topics have included:

  • Group work in class
  • Fostering class discussion
  • "Problem" students
  • Safe Zones
  • The Five Minute exam
  • Blackboard Vista
  • PowerPoint

Create a Workshop!

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to develop, on their own or in conjunction with CELT, presentations, discussions, and/or workshops on topics of interest to them.  CELT will be happy to help sponsor and publicize it.

Suggest a Topic!

We welcome suggestions for presentations, discussions, and workshops.  If there is a topic that you think would be of interest to members of the university community, please let us know.   Alternatively, feel free to pass on the name of a speaker who can teach us about learning and teaching.

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